"In July 2010 a nurse told me that a heart had become available. It was very surreal, I wasn't afraid; in fact I was overjoyed as I knew this was the only way I was going to survive."

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"If you could see Ben and the difference his transplant has made to both his life and ours you would really see what a truly amazing gift this is."

"A couple of weeks after Denise’s passing, I received a letter from the organ donation team informing me that five different lives had been saved from Denise’s organ donation."

Testimonials

Kathryn Glover, 38, from Ballygowan, had a kidney transplant in 2009.

Kathryn is sharing her story to highlight the importance of organ donation.

“I am a teacher in Cedar Integrated Primary School, Crossgar. I teach 29 Primary 3 children and I love going to school every day – no school day is ever the same. I love watching the children learn and having that lightbulb moment where things just make sense.

“In 2003, I found blood in my urine and, quite quickly after that, I was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy. I was then put on the transplant list.

Kathryn Glover, 38, from Ballygowan, had a kidney transplant in 2009.

Kathryn is sharing her story to highlight the importance of organ donation.

“I am a teacher in Cedar Integrated Primary School, Crossgar. I teach 29 Primary 3 children and I love going to school every day – no school day is ever the same. I love watching the children learn and having that lightbulb moment where things just make sense.

“In 2003, I found blood in my urine and, quite quickly after that, I was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy. I was then put on the transplant list.

“I also started dialysis. The type I was on was called ‘peritoneal dialysis’, which required me going onto a machine every night, for around eight hours. That had a huge impact on my life, but mainly on my sleep, and how tired I was. The next biggest impact would have been on my social life – I couldn’t go out in the evening, and I was constantly clock-watching.

“I was on dialysis for four years. It was a difficult four years trying to keep my job going. I was extremely lucky at that time; I had a really supportive principal working with me, who let me take naps on a Wednesday afternoon. I just kept going as much as I could, because I was determined to not let dialysis get on top of me or my job.

“Looking back, I can remember in the first few weeks after being put on the transplant list thinking ‘the call could come any minute’ and every time the phone went I was checking. I then caught myself on and realised this is going to be a long wait.

“In the end I didn’t have to wait too long compared with some – the call came nearly four years to the day I started dialysis.

“I received my transplant on7 June 2009, a day I will never forget. Sleeping as I would have done on a Sunday afternoon, the phone went and they said we have a kidney for you.

“Post-transplant I am doing well. I was really lucky to find sport again through the British Transplant Games. The following year I was selected for the World Transplant Games in Argentina. I was really lucky to come back with four medals. Since then I’ve been to two other World Games and it’s a wonderful experience and it’s a tribute to our donors, because we simply wouldn’t be there on the start line without them.

“Organ donation has made a huge difference to my life. I am a completely different person, I am so active, I can give back to society and I simply wouldn’t be here if someone hadn’t agreed to donate their organs and have that conversation with their family.

“Too many organs unfortunately are wasted because donors have not had that conversation with their close family and friends.

“The simple message is: if you believe in organ donation, have that conversation and be a lifesaver.”

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